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Letter from Alexander Spotswood to Thomas Pollock
Spotswood, Alexander, 1676-1740
March 08, 1713
Volume 02, Pages 25-26

[From Calendar of Virginia State Papers. Vol. 1. P. 163.]

8 March 1713

To Colls Pollock,


You do me too much honor, in laying so great Stress upon my favour, especially since I perceive you do'nt intend I should show it by any present undertaking in yr: behalf. I rejoice very much to hear your affairs are not in that extreme necessity and apprehended them to be at ye time of yr: Assemblys' address & am glad you have now such number of South Carolina Forces, as may be sufficient to do ye work effectually without ye assistance of Virginia. The Earnestness with wch I pressed the conference at South Key & ye concern I showed upon ye disappointment I mett with there, was purely out of Consideration of the

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distressed condition of your People, and my earnest desire to contribute to their Relief—I sincerely wish yr Judgment may prove just & that ye So Carolina forces may have no occasion to be joined with any from hence, for I'm afraid the Thousand pounds supply will prove but a poor Reserve, in case of any miscarriage. But whatever happen, I shal heartily Joine any endeavours to assist yr: province as far in me lyes, & for that end shal be ready on my part, to preserve with you a friendly correspondence, and on all occasions to testify that I am

&c &c

Just now I have recd advice that the Tuscaroroes have surprised & rob'ed our Traders going to the Western Indians—I'm very little concerned for their loss, because they engaged to go so strong & to march so far wide of the Tusks, as not to be in danger of any attack. But I'm extremely troubled lest the enemy have by this means, got a greater quty: of ammunition than I could have wished—since I understand you are in such want of powder. I shal endeavour to send to Jno: Cottens by ye 18th instant four barrels of powder, wch may be carryed down to you by ye Canoes, in wch Mrs Hyde informs me she designs to come up at that time, and hope you will have some careful person there to receive this supply—

Additional Notes for Electronic Version: The date for this document could be 1714, but the "double-dating" convention is not used (showing "1713/14"). In addition, this document is preceded and followed by other documents from 1713.